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Focusing on the period 1566-1656, this original and lively study sheds new light on the daily lives and material culture of ordinary prostitutes and their clients in Rome after the Counter-Reformation. Tessa Storey uses a range of archival sources, including criminal records, letters, courtroom testimonies, images and popular and elite literature, to reveal issues of especial concern to contemporaries. In particular, she explores how and why women became prostitutes, the relationships between prostitutes and clients, and the wealth which potentially could be accumulated. Notarial documents provide a unique perspective on the economics and material culture of prostitution, showing what could be earned and how prostitutes dressed and furnished their homes. The book challenges traditional assumptions about the success of post-Tridentine reforms on Roman prostitution, revealing that despite energetic attempts at social disciplining by the Counter-Reformation Popes, prostitution continued to flourish, and to provide a lucrative living for many women.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521844338
Author:
Storey, Tessa
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Prostitution - Italy - Rome - History -
Subject:
World History-European History General
Series:
New Studies in European History
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.00x5.90x1.00 in. 1.40 lbs.

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